Deal: Roundtrip Business Class from Singapore to Tokyo with ZIPAIR from S$1,250 (realistically S$1,386)

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Japan is open for tourism! ZIPAIR, a low-cost carrier owned by Japan Airlines, is offering good Business Class fares for flights from Singapore to Tokyo.

Key points to note

  • Promotional fare of S$1,250 can be found from Jan to Mar 2023
  • Look for the fares on Google Flights, book directly on zipair.net
  • Flights are non-stop
  • Business Class seats lie fully flat (see below)
  • Flights will be in wide-body Boeing 787 aircrafts
  • 7kg cabin baggage allowance included
  • Checked baggage allowance not included (see below)
  • In-flight meals not included (see below)
  • Airport lounge access not included (see below)
  • SIN-NRT departs at 12.10am, lands at 7.55am
  • NRT-SIN departs at 4.50pm, lands at 10.40pm
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Seat type

As mentioned above, ZIPAIR’s Business Class seats lie flat, in a 1-2-1 cabin configuration.

ZIPAIR Business Class seat (Photo: ZIPAIR)
ZIPAIR Business Class seat in bed mode (Photo: ZIPAIR)
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Add-ons

To keep fares low, ZIPAIR’s base Business Class fares are unbundled and only include the seat and 7kg cabin baggage.

Travellers can select add-ons or get a package to suit their needs.

Checked baggage

Here is the price list for checked baggage per travel direction (one-way):

ZIPAIR baggage add-ons

In-flight meals

Here are the prices of some meals that you can pre-order:

ZIPAIR in-flight add-on meals

Airport lounge

Passengers departing from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport will have the option of purchasing access to Narita TraveLounge for JPY 1,600 (~S$16).

Unfortunately, there is no option for lounge access in Singapore. However, you can always get complimentary lounge access with cards like Citi PremierMiles!

Airport lounge add-on
Narita TraveLounge

Add-on Packages

Passengers also have the option to purchase packages instead of individual add-ons.

I find the “Value” package to be the most value for money as it includes everything that I would want/need on a Business Class flight.

ZIPAIR add-on Packages

How good is this deal?

With the “Value” package added onto your fare, the total cost would be around S$1,386.

In normal times, this would be just an alright Business Class fare.

Overpriced Economy Class fares elsewhere

But we are not living in normal times. After over 2 years, Japan had just opened up for general tourism and demand has been very high.

Full-service airlines like Singapore Airlines are charging around S$990 to S$1,300 for Economy Class flights to Tokyo, while Japan Airlines are charging around S$1,150 for the same cabin class.

Proper Business Class with Alaska miles

There is an option to fly Business Class to Japan by purchasing and redeeming Alaska miles for flights in Japan Airlines.

While it is difficult to find award availability for flights to/from Tokyo, you can easily find availability for Osaka and Sapporo in the next few months.

With the current Alaska miles sale, here’s what you will be paying for roundtrip Business Class flights from Singapore to Japan, depending on the level of bonus that you are targeted with:

Japan Airlines
(w/ Alaska miles)
50% bonus 60% bonus
Inclusions • Checked baggage
• Airport lounge
• Seat selection
• In-flight meals
Miles required
(roundtrip)
50,000
Cost of miles
(incl. tax
recovery fee)
S$1,412
(US$985)
S$1,326
(US$925)
Award
taxes/fees
(roundtrip)
S$140
(US$49 x2)
Total cost S$1,552 S$1,466

Considering the above comparisons, this ZIPAIR deal is a fairly good one.

Best cards for flight bookings

Get a good amount of miles from this booking by using the right card.

You will receive 4 miles per dollar with the DBS Woman’s World card for a total of over 5,000 miles with this promo fare.

DBS Woman’s World Card

Suitesmile card rating:

Sign-up bonus

$150 cashback

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Key benefit

Earn 4 miles per dollar
for online spending

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Annual fee

$192.60
(first year waived)

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Min. Income
requirement

$80,000/yr
(not strict)

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Why we like this card
This card awards 4 miles per dollar on all online spending, except for usual exclusions. Men can apply for it too!

DBS Altitude Visa Card

Suitesmile card rating:

Sign-up bonus

Get up to
34,000 miles

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Key benefit

Earn 3 MPD on
online flight and
hotel bookings

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Annual fee

$192.60
(first year waived)

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Min. Income
requirement

$30,000/yr

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Why we like this card
Earning 6 miles per dollar for flight bookings (on selected airlines) is fantastic.

With its 3 MPD earn rate on online hotel and flight transactions, this card is also a good backup for online hotel spending once you have maxed out other cards that offer 4 MPD.

Miles from this card do not expire!
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Bottom line

ZIPAIR is offering promotional, unbundled Business Class fare for non-stop flights from Singapore to Tokyo in lie flat seats.

If you are about to pay for an overpriced Economy Class flight, definitely consider this option! If you are planning for a trip to Hokkaido or Osaka, the Alaska miles (Japan Airlines) method would be a better deal.

H/T: matthew from Suitesmile Chat

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